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How to assess agricultural water productivity? Looking for water in the agricultural productivity and efficiency literature
  • How to assess agricultural water productivity? Looking for water in the agricultural productivity and efficiency literature
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). July 2014
  • This report aims to contribute to the discussion on how to assess and possibly improve agricultural water productivity. It presents findings from a first attempt to survey the agricultural productivity and efficiency literature with regard to the explicit inclusion of water aspects in productivity and efficiency measurements. The focus is on studies applying single-factor productivity measures, total factor productivity indices, frontier models, and deductive models that incorporate water.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Irrigation, River Basin Management, Water efficiency

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). July 2014
  • This report to the UN General Assembly focuses on the right to participation in the context of realizing the right to safe drinking water and sanitation, emphasizing that States have an obligation to ensure participation. The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation seeks to provide guidance on what the right to participation requires, what elements are essential for ensuring active, free and meaningful participation, and what participation entails at various levels of decision-making.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Equity, Financing, Human rights, Hygiene, Monitoring, Participation, Private sector participation (PSP), Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water planning, Water quality, Water supply

World Urbanization Prospects: the 2014 revision. Highlights
  • World Urbanization Prospects: the 2014 revision. Highlights
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). July 2014
  • The Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations since 1998 has been issuing revised estimates and projections of the urban and rural populations of all countries in the world and of their major urban agglomerations, every two years. Accurate, consistent and timely data on global trends in urbanisation and city growth are critical for assessing current and future needs with respect to urban growth and for setting policy priorities to promote inclusive and equitable urban and rural development. This report contain...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Rural areas, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Urbanization

Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Works for Water PNG
  • Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Works for Water PNG
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). July 2014
  • This study looks at the successes in twinning between Water PNG (Papua New Guinea) and Australia's Water Hunter utility. The study looks at the project through conception and implementation, noting the successes and challenges encountered under the titles: water quality: top priority; tackling non-revenue water; managing assets better; benefits of utility partnerships; master planning; and summarises with success factors in water utility twinning.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Oceania
  • Main themes: Nonrevenue water, Utility services, Water operators, Water quality, Water supply

Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Khulna WASA and Maynilad
  • Water Operators Partnerships - Case Study: Twinning Khulna WASA and Maynilad
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). July 2014
  • This paper looks at a knowledge sharing initiative called Water Operators Partnerships in Asia and the Pacific, established by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The program twins an experienced mentor utility¿in this case Maynilad¿with a recipient utility, here Khulna WASA. Maynilad provides on-site training to improve the performance of Khulna WASA. The paper examines the potential of the initiative under the titles: the challenge of expansion; learning from the mentor; from theory to practice; mutual exchange; and finally a summary of ADB's role as facilita...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Small-scale providers, Utility services, Water operators, Water supply

Tap Secrets: The Manila Water Story
  • Tap Secrets: The Manila Water Story
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila Water Company. July 2014
  • This book weaves a collection of ideas and concepts on how "change management" was used to transform the Manila Water Company into a world-class water utility service. It provides an insider's view of the transformation of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) using the public-private partnership (PPP) concept. This complete account of a water company transition is presented in 6 chapters: Overview; Corporate transformation: from public to private; Attaining sustainability: the building blocks for change; Attaining sustainability: the fruits ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Climate change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Investments, Privatization, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Urbanization, Wastewater, Water efficiency, Water operators, Water supply, Water treatment

Pyanj River Morphology and Flood Protection
  • Pyanj River Morphology and Flood Protection
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). July 2014
  • The Pyanj, on the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, is a dynamic river system that has caused considerable damage to life and property in both countries due to flooding and riverbank erosion. Flood management efforts have often been short-lived and expensive to maintain, and have worsened hazards in adjacent areas because of the river's sudden shifts in channel position, rapid bank erosion, and continual meander growth. This report presents more sustainable approaches to better understand river processes and help anticipate how the river channel will...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Floods, River Basin Management, Rivers, Sustainable development

Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report
  • Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). July 2014
  • The present prototype global sustainable development report is the result of a collaborative effort of more than two thousand scientists and 50 staff from 20 UN entities from all world regions. The report illustrates a range of potential content and discusses potential overall directions for the Global Sustainable Development Report. The report maps sustainable development assessments and related processes, and identifies key remaining challenges to eliminate poverty and hunger; to feed, nurture, house, educate and employ the global population; to ensure peac...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Economic impact, Education, Energy, Investments, Land management, Livestock, Monitoring, Post-2015 agenda, Poverty, Scenarios, Sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Technology

Partnership Briefs for Small Island Developing States: Water and sanitation, food security and waste management
  • Partnership Briefs for Small Island Developing States: Water and sanitation, food security and waste management
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). July 2014
  • The SIDS 2014 Partnership Briefs were prepared with the intent of contributing to preparation leading up to the partnership dialogues by: reviewing key priorities to SIDs; reviewing existing partnerships; identifying gaps which could inspire new partnership, focusing on public-private partnership. This brief looks at the priority area 'water and sanitation, food security and waste management' and highlights examples of existing partnerships based on the SIDs 2014 Partnership Platform. The brief summarises three points within the priority area: The challenges...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Food security, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Sanitation, Small islands, Wastewater, Water supply

Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
  • Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). July 2014
  • The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report, an annual assessment of regional progress towards the Goals, reflects the most comprehensive, up-to-date data compiled by over 25 UN and international agencies. The report acknowledges those MDGs that have already been met including access to clean drinking water and provides a statistical analyse of the future goals. In goal 7 'ensure environmental sustainability', target 7. C focuses on the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Education, Environment, Information and data, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Poverty, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water quality, Water supply

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